The manual manipulation of muscles, tendons, connective tissues, and ligaments is referred to as massage therapy. The process enhances the person’s health and well-being. Massage therapy serves many purposes, ranging from stress and anxiety reduction, muscle relaxation, injuries rehabilitation, pain reduction and just promoting overall health and wellness of a person. Another end product is the stimulation of circulation and body system tonification.
Massage accomplishes the functions by manipulating the soft tissues specifically the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The hands are the tools used by the therapist in order for him or her to identify the patients physical and emotional needs. For a therapist to know the conditions of the tissues and the sources of pain, he or she strokes the massages the patient’s body with hisher hands. Massage uses two major working mechanisms. One is the mechanical action that is created by moving the muscles and soft tissues of the body using stretching movement and pressures. Acids and deposits in these tissues are cleared disintegrating fibrous tissue and relaxation of the stiff joints.
The second mechanism is the reflex method that results when one body part is treated, and in the process, another body part is affected. Pulses travel from one part of the body to the other through the nervous system, and hence this is made possible. Hence, the therapists can apply pressure on the back to treat the stomach or the legs and so on. Therapeutic massage offers health benefits while relaxation massage has a happy ending tied to it.
There are many various types of massage therapy. An example is the pregnancy massage, sports massage, reflexology, deep tissue massage and hot stone massage. Since peoples therapeutic needs vary from person to person, they require different types of massage. A person needs to identify and understand the different procedures applied during the different massage for them to identify the best massage type they can go for.
Gentle massage induces relaxation and a sense of well-being to the patient. Stimulation of the nerve endings in the skin results in muscle relaxation. These nerves release endorphins and inhibits stress hormones, thus making the person have a feel-good sensation. The stronger massage works more on the circulatory system. The result of this is the enhancement of the oxygen and nutrient supply to tissues and hence relaxes them. In addition, strong massage stimulates the lymphatic system which carries away waste products which causes pain and muscle stiffness. All in all, massage therapy aims at enhancing the well-being of a person.